Boat Test #1424
This Four Winns is a head turner with rooms galore
The HD is a brand new series from Four Winns offering three models: 220 HD, 240 HD and 270 HD. It is available with either a sterndrive, or your choice of Yamaha, Evinrude or Mercury outboards.
Our test boat was the 240HD, equipped with an engine located on a stern drive. They have finished off the compartment and added a cooler and made the space easy to access from under the rear bench.
Beam: 8’ 5” / 2.55 m
Deadrise: 20 (degrees)
Fuel Capacity: 54 gals / 205 L
Draft (Drive down): 35″/89 cm
Approx. Boat and Engine Weight: 3940 lbs/ 1,751 kg
One great feature on this boat is the plush and oversized swim platform lounge in the back with a high back. Compared to other boats who put a smaller seat, Four Winns has made this seat somewhere that you would want to spend the day lounging. Another great feature is the walk around swim platform which is easy to access on either side of the outboard motor, and gives you plenty of room when dropping the ladder in the water.
The bow area is spacious and wraps completely around the small table. The gunnels are deep to maximize comfort and surrounded by stainless rails, so parents can feel safe allowing their children to ride up there. The under-seat compartments are nicely finished off and the seat backs are hinged for easy access. Completing the bow area is a telescoping 4 step swim ladder underneath the forward hatch that will easily reach the water or land when beaching. The area around the ladder is larger than you would expect to find and larger than comparable boats in this size range – and it’s covered with deck matting that adds a touch of luxury and functionality.
The full featured automotive style dash is ergonomically styled for functionality. Stainless steel rocker switches adorn either side of the steering wheel. The shifter is in a nice position to maximize comfort, especially when the arm rest is in the down position. There is also room for the optional Ray Marine Chart Plotter. A nice finishing touch is the hand stitched brow to alleviate glare from the sun, and JL Audio control pad for the upgraded stereo.
Two high back plush bucket seats with movable arm rests and a flip-up bolster, are mounted on a swivel in front of the dash and passenger side area. Directly behind the seats is u-shaped seating arrangement with an insert that can be easily removed to access the swim platform. Recessed cup holders and stainless steel grab rails are easily within reach. Under the seats is a trash can, another cooler and even more storage for life jackets or day bags. There is even a spot to mount the table from the front. In the floor there is a ski locker large enough to hold a couple pairsof skis.
Located in the port side console is a spacious head with a portable pump. The location ensure the pump is easy to access and use. There is a small step down to help increase the headroom. The wood finished cabinet and sink add a touch class.
Taking a peek under the water, the Stable-Vee SC hull features split chines which characterize the SL running surface. The angle of the rise in the boat’s hull creates a smooth ride while the uniquely shaped chines give the boat a large, stable footprint. The Stable-Vee advantage is even more evident during a hard-cranking turn. The running surface grips to the water. On a straight shot, the 240 HD stays flat giving you more of a car-like feel when underway. With room galore, a windshield, head, and sleek deck lines and colors, these new boats will definitely turn heads on the water.
By Chris Kourtakis